ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY Classroom Teaching

July 20, 2022

By Anna, Editor in Chief

During the 2022 school year, select members of the AYR team traveled all over California to teach our ONE DAY OF AAPI HISTORY lesson to schools. According to AYR board member and communications director Charlee Trenkle, teaching at Chandler School was alright. The small crew of AYR members travelled all the way to LA to spread education and stop racism and xenophobia at its root. The middle school students seemed reportedly disinterested and bored, but Ms. Trenkle says that might have been due to the fact that it was their first lesson. At the same school, they taught fifth graders who in comparison were energetic and eager to answer questions. They had lots of questions and seemed to be well prepared. The next schools the AYR crew visited were a jumble of online and in-person. In general, the online classes were a little rougher due to internet issues. I think most of us who have experienced online learning or have kids that have aired their grievances about distance learning can understand why the lesson was a little bit rocky through a screen. Still, the kids answered questions and even asked some as well, so I personally consider it a success. At King Elementary school many kids participated, albeit after a little bit of encouragement from the teacher. There were a few kids who were willing to answer any question posed, and a couple the opposite. Overall, they seemed engaged and liked the presentation. In summary, the lesson for the most part went over well and the kids seemed interested. We just hope they have more information about AAPI figures and historical events than they did before we came to their school!

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